So you can't afford to go there, but you want to sound like you have. Just hang out with Chuck Benson -- the man is a veritable fount of information when it comes to the architecture of foreign places. Give him an hour or so and you'll be name-dropping like a pro. Benson presents a lecture on the art and architecture of Southeast Asia in the Music Room at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., tonight at 7. Ancient Buddhist art and lost cities of Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and the Khmer civilization will be explored. Admission is free. Call 634-5583 for details.
These are 11 of the most flexible people you're going to see this side of Thailand ... New York City's own David Parsons and his fine dance company performs at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., this evening at 8. Tickets are $19 to $36. Call 520-SHOW.
A Painter, a Potter and a Sculptor -- seems they've got everybody but the candlestickmaker over at Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave. Painter Shalimar Butterworth, raku potter Casey Hankin and clay sculptor Evelyn Baldwin will show their works together until March 13. The exhibit kicks off with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free. Call 685-1008 for more.
As the mother slips further and further into the murky space of Alzheimer's, her daughter struggles to connect with her before she is gone. Such is the plot of Surviving Selma, a powerful drama written by Trish Vradenburg, who was inspired by her experiences with her own mother. TheatreWorks will perform the play until Feb. 25, with the first curtain rising tonight at 7:30 at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Tickets are $15. Call 262-3232.
Celebrating the wealth of talent among the fine art faculty at UCCS, the Gallery of Contemporary Art will host the opening of their Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition tonight from 5 to 7. The wide-ranging show features photography, paintings, sculpture and collage work by such locally well-known artists as Louis Cicotello, Jean Gumpper, Dawn Wilde and Sean O'Meallie, alongside the work of their equally outstanding colleagues. You might as well go tonight to see this show because: 1) UCCS Gallery openings rock; and 2) the usual draconian campus parking restrictions are lifted for the evening. Yippee! You can just pull up and park and enjoy the show. The gallery is attached to the Science Building, just off the 2nd floor central plaza, adjacent to the University Center. Don't worry about finding it; just follow the crowd. Call 262-3567.
Gearheads and motorcycle mamas, come one come all, to the 11th annual Super Show and Swapmeet over at the old Mega Mart, on Union Boulevard, just south of Constitution. Local superband Radio London will amaze and astound with their musical abilities both Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 9 a.m., and tomorrow at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 to$8; kids under 12 are free with an adult. Hey -- if anybody sees a rear right taillight for a '74 Dart Swinger, go ahead and pick that up for me.
Laura Reilly's paintings are awash in color -- vibrant yet somehow subdued. (It's art. It doesn't have to make sense.) The local artist, whose work is currently on display at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, in the Kaiser-Frasier building in Palmer Lake, will be speaking about her Southwest scenes and still lifes and her use of light and color. The free gallery talk begins at 11 a.m. For details, call the Center at 481-0475.
It has always been thought that Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote nine great symphonic works, culminating with the famous "Ode to Joy." But lately bits of correspondence and sketches belonging to Beethoven have popped up, hinting that the great composer might have written a 10th symphony. Scholars have pieced together what this lost symphony might have sounded like -- classical, yet with a touch of Romantic flair and intricate piano passages. The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs performs Beethoven's 10th this afternoon at First Christian Church, on the corner of Platte and Cascade. Pianist Susan Grace will perform with the orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Wilson. Tickets are $5 to $10. Call 633-3649.
Fellow Jacksonville, Fla.--band Limp Bizkit caught a performance by Cold and helped get the metal band signed to a major record label. And that label has now sent them our way, to entertain, shock and win some fans when they play with Filth Industry, Professional Murder Music and Systematic at the Colorado Music Hall tonight, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call 800/965-4827.
Before he heads over to UCCS for his poetry reading, Craig Arnold will drop by The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron, for the next Bare-Knuckle Poetry open mike. In 1998, Arnold won the Yale Younger Poets Award for his first book, Shells, which the poet W.S. Merwin called "gifted ... daring writing." Admission to the open mike is free, and all are welcome -- readers and listeners alike. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-9039 to find out more. For details on Arnold's appearance at UCCS, check out the Literary Events section in Listings, page 41.
We need more talks like this one. Less BS, less whining, more constructive thought and compromise. Michael Kinsley of the Rocky Mountain Institute is speaking today on Strengthening the Economy while Respecting the Community and Environment, in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The lecture is free, so there's no good excuse for not attending. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Call 389-6607 to learn more.
Shifu is the traditional Far Eastern craft of weaving durable fabric from spun handmade paper, and tonight at Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, you'll have the opportunity to meet one of Kathmandu's finest shifu craftsmen, Deepak Shrestha. Shrestha's work will hang alongside "Kathmandu Suite," painted poems and photographs by local artists Tom Leech and Jake Norton, in this special show which will offer papermaking, shifu spinning and weaving workshops with Shrestha and Leech on Feb. 24 and 25. Drop by tonight's opening between 5 and 7, and to get more information, call Jeanne Steiner at 389-6769. The Coburn Gallery is located in the Worner Center at the northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache la Poudre.